Semiramis

Semiramis is the name of a legendary Assyrian queen who has been associated with the goddess Ishtar. Her name may be a Hellenized form of Shammuramat or Sammuramat which could possibly mean “loving doves” from Akkadian summatu (female dove) and ramu (to love).

Origin: Assyrian

Variants:

  • Semiramide (Italian)
  • Shammuramat (Assyrian)
  • Sammuramat (Assyrian)
  • Sammu-Ramat (Assyrian)

 

Risa

Risa is a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used, made of Japanese elements ri meaning: 梨 “pear”, 里 “village, hometown”, 理 “reason, logic”, “jasmine”; and sa meaning: 紗 “gauze”, 沙 “sand”,  “assistant, help”; and likely other meanings. It could also be a short form of names like Parisa, a Persian name meaning “fairy, like a fairy” or Marisa, a combination of given names Maria (the Latin form of Mary which ultimately comes from Hebrew female name Miriam, a name of unknown meaning though possible meanings ascribed to it are “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness” or “obstinacy”, and “wished for child”. It’s also possible that it might be derived from an Egyptian name either meaning “beloved” from myr, or from mr “love”) and Luisa (the feminine form of Luis, the Spanish form of Louis ultimately derived from a Germanic name meaning “famous war/battle”

Risa is also the Spanish word for “laughter, laugh” which comes from Latin risus/rideo. 

Origin: Japanese, Persian, Hebrew, Germanic, Latin

 

Variants:

  • Marisa
  • Parisa

 

Aki

Aki is a Japanese unisex name (as well as a word) meaning 秋 “autumn” though it has other meanings such as 燦 “brilliant, bright, radiance”, 明 “clear, tomorrow, bright”, 昭 “shining”, 彬 “refined, gentle”, 爽 “refreshing, clear, invigorating”, 晶 “clear, crystal, sparkle”, 暁 “daybreak, dawn”, 彰 “acknowledge”, 晃 “clear”, 亜紀 “Asia, come after, next + record, chronicle”, 愛希 “love, affection + hope, desire, request”, as well as other meanings. Aki is also used as part of other names such as Akio and Akito, both male names, Akira, a unisex name, and Akiko, a female name. Aki is also a Japanese surname.

Aki is also a Finnish male name, the short form of Joakim, the Scandinavian, Macedonian, and Serbian form of Joachim, a contracted form of either Jehoiachin meaning “established by Yahweh”, or Jehoiakim meaning “raised by Yahweh”. Spelled Áki, it comes from Old Norse meaning “ancestor”.

Origin: Japanese, Old Norse

 

Aika

Aika is a Japanese female name meaning “love song, love poem” from Japanese  (love, affection) and (song, poetry). Other meanings include: ai (indigo, blue) and ka 佳 (beautiful, good, auspicious); ka  (fragrance); ka  (add, addition, increase); and ka  (permitted, allowed), although there are many other meanings depending on the kanji used. Aiko is another variant of the name with the ko (子) ending meaning “child”, and Ai can also be used on its own as a given name.

Aika is also a Finnish word meaning “age, time”, as well as having once been the ancient name of what is now Troia, a town in southern Italy.

Origin: Japanese, Finnish

Variants:

  • Aiko
  • Ai

 

Nina

Nina is the name of a Sumerian fertility goddess who was also identified with Ishtar and Inanna. Her name in cuneiform is written with a fish inside of a house and means “water lady” or “lady of the water” from Sumerian nin (lady) and (water). The city of Ninevah was named after her. Nina is also the Russian form of Nino, a Georgian feminine name of Ninos/Ninus, of uncertain meaning but possibly related to the Sumerian goddess Nina.

Nina is also a shortened form of names such as Antonina (an Italian feminine form of Anthony of uncertain meaning) and Giannina (an Italian diminutive of Giovanna ultimately deriving from John meaning “Yahweh is gracious”), as well as being a Spanish word meaning “girl” and a Quechua and Aymara word meaning “fire” (Quechua and Aymara is a language used in South America by the indigenous people).

I’ve also seen it as also deriving from Old Slavic word ninati meaning “dreamer” or “dream”.

Nina is also a Japanese female name with a variety of meanings depending on the kanji used. From the first element ni it could mean 仁 “benevolent, humane, noble”, “two” 二, “rainbow” 虹, “cinnabar” 丹, “to resemble, imitate, counterfeit” 似, “hope, request, beg” 希, “hue, color, variegated” 彩, “new” 新, “to laugh, smile” 笑; while the second element na has the possible meanings of 菜 “vegetables, greens”, 那 “what”, 名 “name”, 奈 “apple tree”, 和 “harmony”, 愛 “love, affection”. *I’m not a native Japanese speaker but I tried the best I could to be as accurate as possible to the best of my ability, though there may be some mistakes*

Origin: Sumerian, Hebrew, Old Slavic, Quechua, Aymara, Japanese

Variants:

  • Nena (English)
  • Nino (Georgian, Ancient Near Eastern)

 

 

David

David comes from a Hebrew male name meaning “beloved”. It’s also a surname derived from the given name.

Nicknames: Dave, Davey/Davie/Davi

Origin: Hebrew

Variants:

  • Dávid (Hungarian, Slovak)
  • Dovid (Yiddish)
  • Daud (Arabic, Indonesian)
  • Dawud (Arabic)
  • Dawood (Arabic)
  • Dawid (Polish, Biblical Hebrew)
  • Daveth (Cornish)
  • Taavet (Estonian)
  • Taavetti (Finnish)
  • Davit (Georgian)
  • Daviti (Georgian)
  • Dáibhí (Irish)
  • Dàibhidh (Scottish Gaelic)
  • Daividh (Scottish Gaelic)
  • Davi (Portuguese Brazilian)
  • Davide (Italian)
  • Dovydas (Lithuanian)
  • Davud (Persian)
  • Dafydd (Welsh)
  • Dewi (Welsh)
  • Dewydd (Old Welsh)
  • Davíd (Icelandic)

 

Female forms:

  • Davina (English)
  • Davena (English)
  • Davinia (English)
  • Davida (English)

Maureen

Maureen is the Anglicized form of Máirín, a diminutive of Máire, the Irish form of Mary which ultimately comes from Hebrew female name Miriam, a name of unknown meaning though possible meanings ascribed to it are “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness” or “obstinacy”, and “wished for child”. It’s also possible that it might be derived from an Egyptian name either meaning “beloved” from myr, or from mr “love”.

Origin: Hebrew, Ancient Egyptian

Variants:

  • Maurine (English, Irish)
  • Maurene (English)
  • Moreen (English, Irish)
  • Máirín (Irish)
  • Máire (Irish)
  • Mairenn (Irish)
  • Maura (Irish, Scottish, English)
  • Mary
  • Maria

 

Pippa

Pippa is usually used as a diminutive of Philippa, the feminine form of Philip, a male given name meaning “lover of horses” from Greek elements philos (friend, lover) and hipps (horse).

Nicknames: Pip

Origin: Ancient Greek

Variants:

  • Philippa
  • Phillippa
  • Philippina (German)

 

Male forms:

  • Philip
  • Phillip
  • Philippos (Ancient Greek)
  • Philippus (Ancient Greek)

 

Philip

Philip is an Ancient Greek name meaning “lover of horses” from Greek elements philos (friend, lover) and hippos (horse).

As well as being a given name, Philip is also a surname derived from the same source.

Nicknames: Phil, Pip

Origin: Greek

Variants:

  • Philippos (Ancient Greek)
  • Philippus (Ancient Greek)
  • Phillip (English)

 

Feminine forms:

  • Philippa
  • Philipa
  • Phillippa

 

Marie

Marie is the Czech and French form of Maria, the Latin form of Hebrew name Miriam, a name of unknown meaning though possible meanings ascribed to it are “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness” or “obstinacy”, and “wished for child”. It’s also possible that it might be derived from an Egyptian name either meaning “beloved” from myr, or from mr “love”.

Marie is also a Japanese feminine name with a variety of different meanings depending on the kanji used. Some meanings I managed to find are “true honest blessing”, “morning honest blessing”, “ten thousand village picture”, “ten thousand village river”, “true honest picture/painting”, or “morning village river”.

I believe in Japanese it’s pronounced mah-ree-ee, with three syllables.

Origin: Hebrew, Ancient Egyptian, Japanese

Variants:

  • Maria (Latin, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan, Occitan, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Faroese, Dutch, Frisian, Greek, Polish, Romanian, English, Finnish, Corsican, Basque, Russian, Bulgarian, Ukrianian)
  • Mari (Welsh, Breton, Estonian, Finnish, Hungarian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish)
  • Mary
  • Maryam (Arabic, Persian)
  • Miriam (Hebrew, English, German)

 

Marie (Japanese kanji) 万 里 江 (ten thousand+ village+ river)

Marie (Japanese kanji) 真 理 絵 (true+ honest+ picture/painting)

Marie (Japanese kanji) 麻 理 恵 (morning+ honest+ blessing)

Marie (Japanese kanji) 真 理 恵 (true+ honest+ blessing)

Marie (Japanese kanji) 麻 里 江 (morning+ village+ river)

Marie (Japanese kanji)万 里 絵 (ten thousand+ village+picture/painting)

 

*I’ve tried very hard to be as accurate as possible when it came to finding the meanings behind the kanji characters, but I’m not a native Japanese speaker nor am I in any way fluent in the language, so it’s possible I’ve made a few mistakes*